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Welcome to BEST WESTERN Mytton Fold. > Nature Watch at Mytton
Here at Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf Complex we have an
ambundance of fabulous wildlife. Set in the beautiful Ribble Valley on the edge
of the Forrest of Bowland (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) we feel we have a
duty the wildlife in this area and we actively encourage both mamals and
birds.We have over 25 bird boxes on the course and we have many people
who contribute to our Wildlife diary of what has been seen on the complex and
where. This year we have spotted Sikka Dear, Stoats, Rabbits, Hares, on the course and over 50
different species of bird sighted, including the Common BuzzardWe have seen 4 varities of tit so far
this year. Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit and the Long Tailed Tit. As well as a
couple of Sparrowhawks both male and female (male on the 2nd Fairway and the
female hunting on the 6th Fairway)
The Moorhen is a medium sized Black bird
which is to be seen most days running around on the course in small numbers..
At 13in long it is easy to spot, as l say
they are a black bird with a white line of feathers on their wing and some
white under the tail. See the top picture
The main id point is the red bill, which on
their nearest reparative, the coot, is white.
Other names for them include the Marsh Hen,
but to be honest l have never heard this in use in birding circles.
They are a member of the rail family, other
birds in the family include the already mentioned Coot, which l don't expect to
see on the course, and the Water Rail which is possible in the winter months,
but that is a shy and hard to see bird.
Moorhens are of a nervous disposition and
frequently twitch their tails and neck, they often run around the golf course
like they are panicking about something.
Moorhens are weak fliers, but are good
walkers on their greenish legs .They eat most anything - plant material, small
rodents, frogs and eggs, so therefore they can be often found near or around
our plentiful ponds on the course.
There are about 350,000 pairs in the
UK, and young from the season's first brood will help in the rearing of the